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In this instructable I will show you how to make fondant, more specifically marshmallow fondant. This homemade fondant recipe for cakes and other treats is really easy to make using only a very few ingredients. Homemade marshmallow fondant is a little messy to work with and make but it is a lot of fun and it is much cheaper then store bought fondant. This would be a great activity to do with the kids. What can be better than playing with powdered sugar and marshmallows? You may want to take a few pictures after because they are bound to have powdered sugar all over themselves and it will probably be pretty hilarious. Also, there are some countries where traditional fondant is super expensive. So this is a great alternative for people living there. :) If I can do it, you can do it, let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both. :)

Step 1: Melt Away!

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In a large bowl add all of your marshmallows. Then add about 2 tbsp. (30ml) of your water to the bowl as well. Now place it in the microwave on an high for 30 seconds. Then stir the marshmallows, then again in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir, repeat process until the marshmallows are all melted and are nice and smooth. It will only take about 2 minutes, total.

rttilghman made it!4 days ago
This simple fondant will be our go to! Thanks!!
AWESOME! That looks so cool! :) :) Love it!
rttilghman4 days ago
This vanilla cake with vanilla icing is covered in green scales, purple highlights, and gold coins, all made following your marshmallow fondant Instructable!
Easy and fun to make!
Wow that is awesome and super creative!! Great job!! :) :) Thanks for sharing.
i made it with salt bad idea
Yep! haha sorry!
I also HIGHLY recommend not making it with malic acid. Maybe i should just go to the store and buy sugar.
hahahaha yeah just get some confectioner's sugar/powdered sugar from the store. ;) It is super cheap, well I guess it depends on where you live. Here in the states it is like $1.50 to $2.00 for the whole package.
Fo55ilise20 days ago
Can you explain what you mean by 'Shortening' please. That is Fat, we call it Suet here in the UK but I think you mean Cornflour. Can you show a picture of the packet to remove doubt please.

Hello there, shortening is a type of fat. It is not cornflour. I believe shortening in the UK is under the brand names of TREX, Cookeen, Flora White. I believe vegetable SUET would be fine as well. Here is a link to the common shortening we use here in the States.
Matt, many thanks for the response.

I am actually British as you've worked out. I was having trouble seeing the use of Fat in a non-sticking application, which is why I thought that maybe to you it meant something else.
We do sometimes use Cornflour to make pasty finer and crispier, but it can also be used as a hand dusting to stop things sticking to them.

Appreciate your time in replying

Also--cornflour for you is what we call cornstarch. it keeps things from sticking, and is often used as a thickening agent. (and in a pinch-a substitute for baby powder!)
Yup! :) Only we don't want to use it in homemade fondant, it will dry it out. :) Need to use Shortening or an equivalent. :)
You are welcome Bryan! :)
zakbobdop19 days ago
I've made this before.. It tastes delicious!
Awesome! Yeah I like it better than store bought fondant for sure.
mcorbin20 days ago
That looks like fun. Do you ever add flavorings?
Would love to see where you used the fondant.
You certainly can add flavorings if you like. :) Next time I have a project that requires fondant I will show it. I have a handful of instructables on here already where I used fondant, but it was store bought fondant. Although it will look identical to those, haha.
shapri27820 days ago
Then what do you do with it?
Fondant is used commonly to cover cakes. Like this instructable of mine:
Thanks so much! :)
I love marshmallow fondant!
hehehe yeah me too! :) Your jello one was pretty rad, haven't done it with jello, just traditional.